CYCLING NEWS | Ruth Winder “exploded” during final Life Time Grand Prix gravel race

CYCLING NEWS | Ruth Winder “exploded” during final Life Time Grand Prix gravel race

October 28, 2022 Off By seookbet


OKBET ROAD CYCLING : To prepare for potential off-road endeavors, the former US Pro Road champion reevaluates his diet and exercise routine. After eight years as a professional cyclist, Ruth Winder decided to hang up her road wheels in 2021. However, only three months after her last race, the UCI Road World Championships, she accepted a challenge for gravel and mountain bike racing. Hello, Life Time Grand Prix!

This talented roadie was relieved to hear during the winter that he had made the cut into the invitation-only field of 60 riders for the off-road, six-race series. At the last event, Big Sugar Gravel, held in Arkansas, the top ten male and female finishers would split a total prize pool of $250,000. “Riding and racing a bike gives me so much joy,” Winder added.

As the last episode of the season aired, Winder admitted, “I haven’t been training much this year.” I still get some exercise on my bike every now and again, but these rides are much less regimented than they used to be. Since I’ve been a trained athlete my whole life, it’s strange that I can never predict how I’ll feel during a competition. And now that I’m not being instructed, it seems strange.

By the time Big Sugar Gravel came to a stop, Winder was already mathematically eliminated from winning the Life Time Grand Prix series. Her rapid start may be attributed to the fact that she likens herself to a racing horse once she dons a bib. Halfway into the 104-mile competition, Winder’s large lead in Big Sugar evaporated like sugar in hot coffee, since a gravel race is an endurance event.

“I was in the best mood. And then I kind of went off the rails,” Winder joked to Cyclingnews after the race. There is no machinery. It was a severe whack on the head.

Twenty miles into the close-knit competition through the white, jagged gravel of unkempt, tiny roads and pathways in the rolling Ozarks mountains, Ruth snuck away on a solo attempt. When she reached the first checkpoint at mile 37.7 in Pineville, Missouri, she had a 4:40 lead over the next competitor.

When she reached the second and final checkpoint, Whistling Springs Brewery, she was in fifth position and the chasers had taken the lead with 31 miles to go. She blamed her body’s inability to replenish its fuel supply over a lengthy distance.

No, I’ve never just utilized gels throughout a race. Despite my best efforts, I think I [should have] relied on more substantial fare.

Her downward spiral would only accelerate, and she would come in 17th. Although, she did complete it. Winder stated that she hasn’t maintained a consistent training schedule this year, making it harder for her to compete in off-road races that take five or more hours of concentrated work.

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I guess I get very swept up in the moment and want to give it my all. The long-distance events are a relatively new experience for me. Since races on the WorldTour only last around three to four hours, rather than five and a half, I have the time to do so. She remarked, “I think I started to lose it about the three and a half hour mark.” She finished in little over six hours.

Her professional road racing resume includes victories at the Redlands Classic, Joe Martin Stage Race, De Brabantse Pijl, a stage at the Giro Donne, a stage at the Tour de l’Ard├Ęche, and the Tour down under as the overall winner. In 2019, she also competed in the United States Pro Road Championships while wearing the stars and stripes. Shortly after the race, Winder posted a summary on Instagram, writing, “I’m pretty excellent at racing my bike for 3.5 hours not so much 6.”

This spring, Winder began her gravel career with a victory at the Old Man Winter Rally in Colorado, despite the snow and muck.

But she got off to a bad start in the Grand Prix when she crashed in the Fuego 80K MTB at the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California. Then she got COVID-19, which kept her away from Unbound. Following that, she went on to compete in the Crusher in the Tushar in Utah, where she recovered to finish fourth and earn valuable points as the third-best Grand Prix finisher.

She placed 13th in the Leadville Trail 100 MTB and ninth in the Chequamegon 40 MTB, but there weren’t enough races remaining in the series for her to crack the top 10 and win a portion of the prize money.

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In the end, however, I think I did very well. I worked quite hard at the gym today. Winder remarked, “I didn’t have great expectations for myself, so it was a nice race.” Winder finished 14th in the off-road series in Arkansas.

I feel like I have a better idea of how to evaluate my efforts going forward. Next year, if I’m doing this gravel thing, I may really train for it.


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